How to Grow Thyme
Thymes are versatile, indeed – more than fifty varieties are judged useful for culinary or ornamental gardens! Its flavor heightens that of most any food.
21-28 Days 70f
Light, Well Drained
DAYS OF HARVEST
It’s best to purchase plants rather than start thyme from seed, since it germinates slowly and unevenly. You can also start plants from cuttings if you have a friend willing to share. Thyme thrives in full sun and light well-drained soil. Space plants 9 inches apart.
Where winters are very cold, mulch the plants after the ground freezes with a light mulch such as pine needles. Trim the plants a bit in the spring and summer to maintain a neat growth habit and prevent the development of too much woody growth.
You can harvest leaves and sprigs all summer. To dry thyme for storage, harvest sprigs in early fall, tie them together, and hang them upside down in a shady, warm, well-ventilated area to dry. Store leaves in a tightly lidded container. You can also remove leaves from the stem, dry them on a tray, or freeze them.
Division is the best way to propagate thyme plants. In mid spring, dig up thyme plants and clear dirt away from roots. Divide your thyme plant into three or four sections; making sure each section has roots and foliage. Replant each section 10” to 12” apart.
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